Founder / Chicago Illinois USA / 2017-


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Founder is a monument by the Floating Museum collective (Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, Faheem Majeed, Andrew Schachman, Avery R Young) to Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable, Chicago’s first non-indigenous settler. The work was produced for Floating Museum’s 2017 project River Assembly, a public programming project and group exhibition that traveled on the Chicago River on an industrial barge for three weeks in August 2017. The sculpture was placed at the front of the barge exhibition like a figurehead and functioned as a speculative monument asking questions about DuSable’s place in history. The position of the head considers the word founder-- one might found a city and to founder can also mean to sink. The sculpture also serves as a symbol to advocate for the development of the planned but yet-to-be-built DuSable commemorative park at the mouth of the Chicago River.  In 2018 Founder was installed for a year on the site of the future DuSable Park just west of Navy Pier in downtown Chicago.  

Founder, 2017, foam, wood, aqua resin, paint, hardware, 12’ x 10’ x 10’